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Mixer’s Collapse Due To Overspending And Toxic Work Conditions, Report Suggests

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The June 25 announcement that Microsoft’s game streaming platform Mixer would be shuttered came as a surprise to most, though company insiders have revealed that Mixer has struggled for some time both with internal culture and service issues. A new report by Business Insider features interviews with former Mixer employees, including the company’s co-founder Matt Salsamendi, to find out what happened.

Mixer began its life in 2016 as a small start-up called Beam, created by Matt Salsamendi and James Boehm, which was soon. As a competitor to the already-established Twitch, the new service focused on low-latency streaming, allowing better interaction between streamer and audience. While the concepts behind Mixer had promise, it always struggled to compete with Twitch’s overwhelming market share.

One of the biggest problems pegged by insiders that led to Mixer’s demand was one the platform is publicly infamous for–spending alleged tens of millions of dollars to attract Twitch’s top talent. One former employee said that in 2017 the company hosted a lecture called “Why not just hire PewDiePie?” which argued the value of boosting smaller streamers on Mixer rather than trying to poach big names from other platforms.

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Top New Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week — July 12-18, 2020

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New Releases highlights some of the hottest games coming soon, and this week has a double dose of invaded kingdoms with PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima and Nintendo Switch exclusive Paper Mario: The Origami King. The multiplatform crowd can try out Rocket Arena, and Death Stranding‘s PC port is here. Finally, those looking for a more zen experience can tend to their farms with Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.

Death Stranding — July 14

Available on: PC

Our Death Stranding review is quite positive, and now PC gamers can experience Hideo Kojima’s latest outing for themselves. It’s the same story of deliveryman Sam Bridges trekking across a shattered United States, with a healthy dose of Kojima’s signature story beats and zany cutscenes. The PC version also includes a new photo mode and crossover content with the Half-Life series, plus support for higher framerates and ultrawide monitors.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Expands Odyssey’s Romance Mechanics

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will continue the trend of letting you pursue multiple romances throughout your adventure, but this time your options for lasting relationships have been expanded.

In advance of Ubisoft Forward, GameSpot recently sat down with Valhalla narrative director Darby McDevitt, who explained how the Viking-themed sequel will still let you explore as many relationships as you wish. This time, however, you’re able to engage with your partner in long-term relationships while also fostering multiple smaller ones on the side if you wish.

“There are definitely a couple of one-night-stands you can get involved in and they’re fun in their own ways but there’s also going to be some longer-term relationships,” McDevitt explained. “A little of both. If you want to be monogamous and have a single, ongoing relationship with somebody, you can do that.”

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Devolver’s Fall Guys Gets A Release Date And A Gordon Freeman Pre-Order Character

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As part of the Devolver Direct event, the publisher announced that its twisted take on battle royale, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, now finally has a release date–and it’s very soon.

Fall Guys is releasing on August 4, and a new trailer has also been released. Check it out below. In addition to providing another look at the colorful, whimsical game, the video confirms that pre-orders on Steam come with a special character–Gordon Freeman of Half-Life fame.

Fall Guys will be released on August 4 for PS4 and PC, but there is no word yet on if the game will also come to Nintendo Switch or Xbox One.

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